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New kid on the block

Pond's Femina finalist Simran talks about music, books and veejaying


SHE HAS the gift of the gab and the proverbial head on the shoulder. Finishing among the five finalists in the recent Pond's Femina Miss India and sailing through the audition for MTV, Simran, the second year literature student from Chennai was recently in town to inaugurate a designer store. "It is annoying when people call you the Simran look alike or the second Simran.

I will do films but I am in no hurry. I would go for the bubbly young roles where I can relate to the youth," she says.

Simran has walked the ramp for Rocky S, Rehane, Manish Malhotra and other noted designers, has several commercials such as Honey Fab to her credit apart from shows Say2Play and Heart Speak that she earlier hosted as the popular VJ on SS Music.

"Veejaying and modelling helped me prepare on diction and ramp front for the pageant. ," she says. The pageant "was lots of hard work.

You don't get food to eat. You don't get to see chocolates and don't get to meet your family. You need to be mentally strong," she says.

On being chosen for MTV Most Wanted, did Malaika Arora serve as an icon? "I was already veejaying and MTV was a bigger deal," she explains. "The best part of MTV is that it offers a good platform for publicity. You don't have to do 100 films to be known," she says matter-of- factly. A music buff, "I listen to various genres depending on my mood. I listen to head banging tunes when I am feeling blue and slow tracks when I am happy. But my favourite artiste is Bryan Adams, there is so much meaning in his songs," she says. Yes she was there at the Bryan Adams show in Bangalore!

Like her peers, Simran lives in jeans and T-shirts, loves salwar kameez with kurtas in mid lengths as well as long skirts accessorised with ethnic trinkets not forgetting high heels, broad belts and tote bags, and her favourite picks from branded colour cosmetics.

But behind the Elizabeth Arden, Christian Dior and Espirit one finds a resilient persona. Simran has Oprah Winfrey and Jean Sasson for her role models and is currently reading the latter's Daughters of Arabia. "Today women in India are given a chance to speak.

They have more freedom. It is left to them to go out and get what they want," she reflects. "I would like to be a role model for the teenagers. But that will take some time," she says. For now she is content with her `take it as it comes' take on life.

SYEDA FARIDA

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